The movement of wind through grass creates complex and constantly unfolding patterns in Lars Koens’ film Graminoids. Many hours of recordings were made in the summer of 2013 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, when the grass covering Arthur’s Seat happened to have grown particularly long – and by compressing this into mere minutes, Koens’ Graminoids turns even leisurely breezes into hurricane frantic lashings of motion. Wind recordings made by sound artist Pete Smith are filtered and manipulated to make an abstract, constantly changing soundtrack for the grasses’ dance, combining sound and vision to mesmerising effect.
Part of Art & Nature at Sonica, a series of compelling works inspired by the Scottish landscape – and showing it as you’ve never seen it before
Directed by: Demelza Kooij & Lars Koens
Cinematography: Demelza Kooij
Music & sound design: Lars Koens
Editor: Demelza Kooij
Sound mix & samples: Pete Smith